So did it win any medals with the coaches as it was put through it’s paces?
Want a RIB suitable for coaching support and rescue? Then the RYA Youth Nationals held at Weymouth is a testing ground worth noting.
The Nacra catamarans used for Youth racing are fast and furious dinghies, and the coach needs a good RIB to follow them.
To boost the RYA resources for this significant regatta, the Ballistic 5.5 Club Launch, fitted with Yamaha High Thrust 60hp Outboard, was loaned to the RYA Nacra Youth Coach, Tom Walker.
Yamaha’s own Ed Stevens was on the water too, working alongside Tom. Reporting back from the regatta Ed tells us the 5.5 fit the bill perfectly.
“Tom explained to me that supporting the youth Nacra fleet demanded a RIB that was easy to handle, had plenty of on-board space and of course was relatively dry and comfortable for long days on the water. Tom had used the Ballistic 5.5 before and realised this RIB would be ideal for the week at Weymouth,” explains Ed.
What are the key features a coach looks for in a RIB for race support and rescue activities?
Here’s what Ed learned from Tom:
During the week long event at Weymouth we saw a huge variation in wind and sea conditions. We had flat calm seas and gentle 5 knot winds with some days up to 25 knots with a big easterly swell. Tom found the Ballistic had good handling at both slow and high-speed, proving to be strong, stable and highly manoeuvrable
The Ballistic 5.5 has four jockey seats that comply with the RYA requirements for safety boat work for commercial training centres. The on board seating space is flexible: large enough to carry a group of trainees but easy enough to remove seats, so the RIB can also be modified to carry a wheelchair on board or piled up with racing buoys
The RIB had good acceleration; pretty useful for chasing the performance multihull dinghies around the course.
Pretty dry in the big seas. Landed a bit hard going up wind sometimes, but this also made a smooth dry ride downwind.
The Ballistic proved very economic to use. Overall Tom was very pleased to use the Ballistic and Yamaha combination for the week, giving it a thumbs up for its ease of handling and fuel economy.
The Ballistic Hull and Yamaha engine combination can be suited to match your Club and coaching requirements, with larger HP Yamaha outboard should you want faster overall performance.